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Venice employs armed guards to deal with overcrowding on ferries

(CNN) — Deserted streets, silent canals and eerily empty bridges. Photos of an empty Venice during lockdown sent social media wild, with many people vowing to flock to the city as soon as borders reopened. And they seem to be true to their word. This summer, with the borders open …

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25 Nordstrom products our readers are obsessed with this year

CNN —   Curious about your fellow Underscored readers’ shopping habits? As the summer comes to an end, we saw it as the perfect time to take a look back at our bestselling Nordstrom products of 2021 so far. We believe that no time is a bad time to indulge …

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We tried top-rated Amazon swimsuits so you don’t have to: Here are 15 we loved

CNN —   Swimsuits are one of those things where you’re either a person who drops $100 on an adorable suit you’re counting on wearing for the next few years or someone who gladly buys $20 suits that are…OK, we guess? But what about a cheap swimsuit that is high …

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The Southwest’s most important river is drying up

The Colorado River irrigates farms, powers electric grids and provides drinking water to 40 million people. But as its supply dwindles, a crisis looms. By Drew Kann, Renée Rigdon and Daniel Wolfe, CNN Published August 21, 2021 Maricopa, ArizonaFor farmers in the deserts of central Arizona, success and failure is …

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First town near Rome is selling €1 homes

(CNN) — Italy’s ongoing clearance sale of €1 houses has been ideal for people seeking to start a new life in some of the country’s far-flung corners. For those looking for something a bit closer to the action — nearer Rome, to be precise — it’s been slim pickings. Until …

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Unruly air passengers hit with $500,000 in new fines

(CNN) — While our passports haven’t been getting many stamps since March 2020, at least our vocabularies are expanding. Variants, mandates, quarantines and requirements — who knew 2021 would be so polysyllabic? CNN Travel has, as always, been keeping an eye on the week’s developments and here’s our roundup of …

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The best smart thermostats of 2021

CNN —   A smart thermostat can give you remote control over your heating and air conditioning, making sure your home is as cool or toasty as you like when you get home from work or wherever else, and a great one can monitor environmental conditions and your own preferences …

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Why I ditched AirPods Pro for the cheaper AirPods

CNN —   For me, AirPods Pro quickly rose to the gold standard in true wireless earbuds. They’ve got a unique build that nestles into your ear, they’ve got terrific sound aided by Adaptive EQ and they fit like a glove within the Apple ecosystem. They’re not cheap at $249, …

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Girl meets girl at band camp. They fall in love

(CNN) — It was August 2011 and Natasha Fisher was 17 and traveling from her home in England to the United States for the first time, desperate to spend a summer in New York living out a fantasy she’d only ever seen in TV and film. Only NYC wasn’t on …

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Why the world’s ‘blackest’ ink could reignite an art world controversy

Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN For decades, the idea that somebody can “own” a color has been a contentious one. Painter Yves Klein registered a trademark for a shade of ultramarine called International Klein Blue in 1957, and jewelry brand Tiffany & Co.’s signature blue is also protected. More recently, in 2016 sculptor Anish Kapoor purchased …

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